NBC News New York reported late Thursday night that singer R. Kelly has reportedly been arrested on federal sex-trafficking charges. While the singer was taken into custody in Chicago, he was allegedly arrested by New York Police Department detectives in conjunction with Homeland Security agents and will be brought back to New York. Further details about the charges will purportedly be released on Friday.
The new allegations join the litany of accusations made against R. Kelly this year, including the 11 sexual-assault charges leveled at him last month in Illinois. The singer pleaded not guilty to those alleged crimes and has maintained his innocence in all of the ever-increasing number of criminal inquiries that have been opened against him.